The Witness walkthrough & puzzle guide

The Witness walkthrough & puzzle guide

The Witness walkthrough is exactly what you need if you're running up against certain conundrums that you can't solve, and with over 650 puzzles in total to get through it's likely that you'll hit the wall at some point. It's fair to say that The Witness will test and push your logical abilities to their limits, and while it's incredibly rewarding to crack the tough assignments there's nothing worse than endlessly staring down a puzzle panel when no solution is forthcoming.

To beat them, you'll first have to understand their rules, which can often be inferred from the puzzles themselves or by observing the area surrounding the panels. There are also mysterious recorded messages tucked away in various places, which may (or may not) help explain what is going on. For every area in The Witness walkthrough we'll give you hints for how to get started, which will then lead on to full puzzle solutions for each panel if you're still struggling to crack the code.

A quick note on controls, as these aren't really explained within the game:
L1 or L2 / LB or LT - sprint when walking
L1 or R1 / LB or RB - quickly switch between panels if they're in a row
R2 / RT - speed up drawing the line on panels
Circle / B - reset the line on panels

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Table of Contents:

Opening Garden
Blue & Green Panels
Pink Trees
Pottery (Symmetry)
Orange Trees (Shady Trees)
Sun Temple (Desert Ruin)
Hedge Maze (Keep)
Pressure Pad Maze
Red Tree Temple (Monastery)
Greenhouse (Bunker)
Marsh
Treehouses
Quarry
Bamboo Forest (Jungle)
Town
Mountain
Mountain Challenge
Secret Rooms
Windmill & Video Player
Secret Ending

Iain Wilson
Guides Editor

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has almost 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.